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  • Cast Confirmed for LA Phil World Premiere of Shostakovich’s Prologue to the Unfinished Opera Orango Led by Conductor Laureate
    Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Dec. 2, 2011
  • FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 AND 3, 2011, AT 8 PM; SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011, AT 2 PM

    The world premiere of Shostakovich's Orango is supported by a grant from the Michael J. Connell Foundation

    WHAT:

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale and soloists in the world premiere of the Prologue to Orango, Shostakovich’s unfinished opera, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, at 8 p.m., as well as Sunday, December 4, at 2 p.m. The satirical opera about a half-man, half-ape, was sketched in 1932, and discovered in 2006, at Moscow’s Glinka Museum by Russian musicologist Olga Digonskaya. At the request of Shostakovich’s widow and Digonskaya, British composer Gerard McBurney developed the orchestration of Orango in 2009.

    The confirmed cast includes:



    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    Peter Sellars, director

    Ben Zamora, lighting designer

    Ryan McKinny (The Entertainer), bass-baritone

    Jordan Bisch (Voice from the Crowd/Bass), bass

    Michael Fabiano (Zoologist), tenor

    Eugene Brancoveanu (Orango), baritone

    Yulia van Doren (Suzanna), soprano

    Timur Bekbosunov (Paul Mâche), tenor

    Adriana Manfredi (Renée), contralto

    Abdiel Gonzalez (Armand Fleury), baritone

    Daniel Chaney (Foreigner 1), tenor

    Todd Strange (Foreigner 2), tenor

    Los Angeles Master Chorale

    Grant Gershon, music director

    Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 (composed later that decade, but withheld by the composer until the early 1960s) completes the program.

    WHO:

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    Los Angeles Master Chorale (Grant Gershon, music director)

    Soloists as listed above



    WHEN:

    Friday, December 2, 2011, at 8 PM

    Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 8 PM

    Sunday, December 4, 2011, at 2 PM



    WHERE:

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    TICKETS:

    Subscriptions and single tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2011/12 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit LAPhil.com, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. To order by phone with credit card, please call the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office at 323.850.2000, or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

  • contact:

    Sophie Jefferies, 213.972.3422, sjefferies@laphil.org; Lisa White, 213.972.3408, lwhite@laphil.org